Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    1830 Letter to President Andrew Jackson Seeking Consideration For Slavery Law Violation. One page, 7.75" x 9.5", Newburyport [Massachusetts], May 31, 1830, from Samuel Phillips, Customs collector, to Andrew Jackson, Washington City. In this letter a customs collector seeks President Jackson's intercession in a matter involving the violation of the 1818 slave code. The 1818 law concerned the importation of slaves into ports under United States control. Specifically the letter addresses a matter of a certain merchant, John Wood "a respectable Merchant of this place, the owner of the Schooner, New Packet, which was seized some time since at New Orleans, for an alleged violation of the law of 1818, Touching the Slave Trade". Phillips goes on to extol Wood's virtues and integrity and writes "it was never in the mind of Mr. Wood or his Captain to infringe or evade the law - They have therefore, as I do now, respectfully recommended him to your equitable consideration." The letter is toned with age and has the usual fold creases. It is addressed to Jackson on the verso. Very good condition. From the collection of Henry E. Luhrs.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2007
    27th Saturday
    Internet/Mail Bids: 1
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 812

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2020 September 14 - 15 Americana & Political.

    Learn about consigning with us

    You reach a customer base that is in many ways completely unknown to the major auction houses, and your marketing to this base is as professional as one could hope for. As I continue to wind down my holdings.
    Michael Z.,
    Hawthorne, NY
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 December 14 Historic Flags of World War II Signature Auction - Dallas
    2019 December 14 Historic Flags of World War II Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $1,016,674